DO YOU HAVE A GAME-CHANGING IDEA?

The President’s Administrative Innovation Fund was created to catalyze administrative innovation and collaboration across Harvard by investing in staff-generated, creative solutions that support our faculty, students and staff colleagues.

 

This year’s theme is The Future of Work.

 

 

The team seeks proposals around the ideas of:

  • Administrative Excellence
  • Talent Development
  • Service Delivery
  • PAIF Info Session
    March 18
    2021
    Register
  • Application Submission
    April 12
    2021
    Apply

This year's prompt is
The Future of Work

Who is eligible to Apply

All benefits-eligible Harvard administrative/professional, support or service and trades staff member may apply. Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, temporary employees, students, and co-ops are not eligible.

If you have a question about eligibility, please inquire via the link below

administrative_innovation@harvard.edu

Application Process

  • 1

    Application Submission

  • 2

    1st Round Judging (Finalists Selected)

  • 3

    Finalists Submit Project and Budget Plan

  • 4

    Finalists Prepare for a Pitch Presentation

  • 5

    Final Round Judging

  • 6

    Selection of Awardees

Innovation Stages

There are three different stages of innovations the PAIF is designed to fund.  Ideas with cross-School and cross-functional collaboration, and ideas that enable us to realize the University’s goal of inclusive excellence will be especially valued.

  1. 1
    Seed

    Our project is a new idea that we are seeking to launch with support from the President’s Administrative Innovation Fund
  2. 2
    Sustain

    Our innovation has been implemented and we are seeking support from the President’s Administrative Innovation Fund to continue development and use
  3. 3
    Scale
    Our innovation has had initial success and we look forward to expanding it to other schools/units at the University

Most projects request $5,000 to $15,000 in funding. One or two exceptional projects may receive up to $25,000 in funding. Projects must be completed within one year.

 

 

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In this application we’re only asking you for an estimate of how much funding you’re requesting.

Finalists will be asked to develop a more detailed budget. Note funds may be used for non-exempt overtime (as applicable), software/technology, temporary help (staff or students), back-filling for staff working on the project, and other project-related costs. 

Funds may not be used for payment to staff salaries nor to fund an individual’s proprietary product (any products resulting from PAIF funded projects are Harvard University intellectual property).

Judging Criteria

Projects will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • The proposal represents an innovative approach to an administrative challenge and is expected to have measurable impact once implemented.
  • The plan outlines a scope of work that can be accomplished within a year.
  • The proposed budget is informed, practical, and reasonable in alignment with the scope of work and the goals of the project.
  • Ideas with cross-school/unit and cross-functional collaborations, and ideas that enable us to realize the University’s full potential as a diverse and inclusive community will be especially valued.

By submitting your innovation, you are acknowledging a few things:

  1. You and your co-applicants are benefits-eligible Harvard administrative/professional, support or service and trades staff members. may apply.  (Faculty, post-doctoral fellows, temporary employees, students, and co-ops are not eligible).
  2. You have spoken to your manager(s) about this idea and they are supportive of you spending time to lead its implementation.
  3. Your idea will be shared among judges and other administrators across the University (and will be attributed to you).

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